When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, the natural first step is to consider your pregnancy options (parenting, adoption, and abortion) and which one is right for you and your child.
In today’s blog, we will look at the different types of adoption and how it is one of the most loving and brave choices an expectant parent can make for their unborn child. If you are considering adoption or want to discuss your pregnancy options in a safe place, call Daybreak LifeCare Center at (803) 771-6634 or schedule an appointment by clicking here.
Who is adoption for?
You may want to consider adoption if…
- You feel you’re not at a place in your life where you’re ready or capable of raising a child
- Your home life is complicated and you want your child to grow up in a home that can provide emotional and financial stability.
The father of your child is no longer in your life and you want your child to be raised by a two-parent family (yes, you can totally thrive as a single mom, but if you desire for your child to have two parents, this is a valid reason).
Adoption isn’t ‘giving up’ your baby, but instead choosing to place them in a loving home with adoptive parents who wish to partner with the biological mother in raising the child.
Each woman’s situation is different and no one but you can make the decision of how you choose to proceed with your pregnancy. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to choose adoption for your child. It means proceeding with a pregnancy you weren’t prepared for and allowing another family to raise your child. This is a gift only you can give. And choosing to make an adoption plan doesn’t mean you won’t be able to have contact with your child, which is a common misconception.
What are the different types of adoption?
Open Adoption – This option provides you with the most communication and involvement with the adoptive parents, both throughout the adoption process and after the adoption is finalized.
Semi-open Adoption – A semi-open adoption allows your input in the adoption process and some communication with the adoptive parents.
Closed Adoption – In a closed adoption, you typically won’t have any contact with the adoptive parents and vice versa. Instead, you’ll each have an adoption representative that handles the communication between both parties.
The most important thing to know about adoption is that YOU get to choose what your adoption plan looks like.
A Brave Choice
If you are considering adoption, don’t be afraid to ask for help or resources along the way. Daybreak LifeCare Center can provide you with information to help your decision making process on whether adoption is right for you. While we are not an adoption agency, we can help you explore the options available to you from the type of adoption plan to the type of family you want your child to have.
The takeaway: Trust your intuition as a mom. Don’t let others pressure you into a decision. You know what’s best for your child’s future.